Symptoms Identification & Symptom Management of Substance Use Disorders

  • Diagnosing Substance Dependence & Why People Use Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • The Differences Between Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence

  • Identifying the Specific Characteristics of Substance Dependence, Part I

  • Identifying the Specific Characteristics of Substance Dependence, Part II

  • Activity Addictions Of Gambling, Sex, Love, Food, Spending, or Religious Addiction

  • Acute Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Cravings: Defining, Identifying, and Managing Urges to Use Alcohol & Other Drugs

  • Discovering The Brain Chemistry of Cravings, Managing Cravings, & Developing Refusal Skills

  • Developing Skills to Refuse Alcohol and Other Drugs & Controlling Cravings Before They Control You

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Diagnosing Substance Dependence & Why People Use Alcohol and Other Drugs (pages: 3-2; 3-12 – 3-14;Appendix III 8-10; III 12-14; Subject 3-5)
Positive Beginning; Alcohol Abuse and Modern Society; The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence; Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder; What Substance Dependence Is Not; Definition of Substance Dependence, Disease, and Addiction; Diagnosing a Substance Dependence Disorder; What Substance Dependence Is – A Treatable Disease; Impairment Begins With The First Drink; Another Way of Viewing Impairment: Five Levels of Drinking J; Portrait of a Non-Alcoholic Drinker; DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Dependence; “Identifying Individual “Reasons” for Using Alcohol and Other Drugs” Exercise; Positive Closure

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The Differences Between Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence (pages: Subject 3-1 – 3-8; 3-10 – 3-14)
Positive Beginning; Substance Abuse and Society; A Brief History of Mind-Altering Substances; Alcohol Abuse and Modern Society; Drug Abuse and Modern Society; National Obsession With Consequences Instead of Treatment; Psychoactive Substances and “Psychoactive” Defined; Categories of Psychoactive Substances of Abuse; The Myth of Using Substances to Self-Medicate; How People Use Substances; How a Drug Is Used Depends on The Drug and The Person; Polysubstance or Polydrug Abuse; “Uppers” Plus “Downers” Can Equal Big Problems; Mixing Drugs Creates a Human Test Tube; Substance Use; Characteristics of Substance Use; The Three Categories of Substance Use; Identifying Substance Use; Illegal Drugs and The Term “Substance Abuse”; Substance Abuse and the Definition of Substance Abuse; Characteristics of Substance Abuse Disorder; The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence; Treatment For a Substance Abuse Disorder; Substance Dependence; What Substance Dependence Is Not; Definition of Substance Dependence; Definition of Disease; Definition of Addiction; Diagnosing a Substance Dependence Disorder; What Substance Dependence Is – A Treatable Disease; “Positively Negative” Handout; Positive Closure

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Identifying the Specific Characteristics of Substance Dependence, Part I (pages: Appendix III-20 – III-32)
Positive Beginning; No Fault Illnesses; Disease Concept; Primary Disease; Biologically-Based Brain Disorder; Chronic Disease; Incurable Disease; Potential For Relapse; Progressive Disease; Predictable Course; Stages of Substance Dependence; Eventually Fatal Disease; Family Disease; Crossing The Line; Physical Dependence or Cellular Adaptation; Development of Tolerance; Personal Identification of Characteristics Exercise & Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Identifying The Specific Characteristics of Chemical Dependency, Part II (pages: Appendix III-33 – III-44)
Positive Beginning; Physical Withdrawal; Development of Denial; Preoccupation with Alcohol & Drugs, Protecting Supply & Giving Up Activities; Compulsion to Use; Impaired Control; Continued Use In Spite of Adverse Consequences; A Drug Is a Drug; Cross Tolerance; Reverse Tolerance; Making & Breaking Rules; Lifestyle or Way of Life; Filling the Void; Love Affair; Powerless & Unmanageable; “Personal Identification of Characteristics” Exercise & Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Activity Addictions Of Gambling, Sex, Love, Food, Spending, or Religious Addiction (pages: Subject 3-35 – 3-38; Appendix III-58 – III-65)
Positive Beginning; Gambling, Sex, Love, Food, Spending, or Religious Addiction; Gambling Addiction; Sex Addiction; Love or Relationship Addiction; Food Addiction; Spending Addiction; Religious Addiction; Similarities and Differences of Substance Dependence and Activity Addictions; The Basics About Gambling Addiction; Treatment of Gambling Addiction; Stress Management; Improved Communication Skills; Self-Awareness and Assertiveness Training Skills; Autobiography; Learn to Fight Fair; Financial Recovery; Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Acute Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcohol and Other Drugs (pages: Appendix IB-1 -IB-10)
Positive Beginning; The Brain During the Withdrawal Process; Acute Withdrawal Process Is The Opposite of The Drug Effects; Co-Occurring Disorders and Withdrawal; Severity of Withdrawal Symptoms Vary; Experiencing Withdrawal More Than Once; Withdrawal Can Be Serious, But It Is Manageable; Medical Support With Detox; Benefits of Recovery Versus Discomfort of Withdrawal; Tips to Help With Withdrawal;  Recovery Heals; Treatment For Withdrawal; It’s Always Important to Know What to Expect; Alcohol Withdrawal; Acute Withdrawal Process From Alcohol; Phases of Alcohol Withdrawal; Acute Systems of Alcohol Withdrawal: Phase I, Phase II, Phase III; “Tips to Help With Withdrawal” Exercise; Positive Closure

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Cravings: Defining, Identifying, and Managing Urges to Use Alcohol & Other Drugs (pages: Subject 6-26 – 6-31)
Positive Beginning; Cravings Defined; Brain Chemistry and Cravings or Urges; Location of Cravings in the Brain; Intensity, Frequency, and Duration of Cravings; Making Cravings Better or Worse; Take Responsibility But Not The Blame; Cues or Triggers; External Cues; Internal Cravings; Managing Cravings; Managing Mild Cravings; Managing Intense Cravings; Think It Through; Avoid Triggers of People, Places, and Things; Slippery People, Places, Things, and Situations; Getting Busy and Do Something – Anything – Except Use; “Georges Recovery Story”; Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Discovering The Brain Chemistry of Cravings, Managing Cravings, & Developing Refusal Skills (pages: Subject 4-31 – 4-35) 
Positive Beginning; Cravings to Use Alcohol and Drugs; Denying a Craving Is a Mistake; Cravings Are the Result of Brain Chemistry; Conditioned Response Leads To a Craving; Pavlov’s Dog’s Response; Physical Response To a Craving or Urge to Use; Taking Responsibility For The Response to the Craving; Managing Cravings Is a Healthy Choice; Getting Rid of a Craving to Use Alcohol and Drugs; Managing Cravings With The Three Ds; “Distracting” Takes The Power Out of a Craving; Refusal Skills; Urges To Use and The Intensity of Cravings Lesson Over Time; Group Discussions; Positive Closure

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Developing Skills to Refuse Alcohol and Other Drugs & Controlling Cravings Before They Control You (pages: Subject 6-32 – 6-33)
Positive Beginning; Refusing Alcohol and Other Drugs; Refusing Drugs Offered By Persistent Dealers; Don’ts With Drug Dealers; Do’s With Drug Dealers; Role-Playing Is Helpful; Remember Your Plan; “Refusal” Exercise; “Controlling Cravings to Use Alcohol and Other Drugs Before They Control You” Worksheet Handout & Exercise; I’ve Learned” Inspirational Handout; Positive Closure

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